Spencer Smallwood

Spencer Smallwood
Founder and Professional Tattoo/Piercing Artist

     I have no larger-than-life story or list of grand victories - but my journey has barely begun. My childhood, like many others, was filled with superheroes and comic books. Growing up in a small town, there were few people around who had tattoos and piercings. As soon as tattoo television came around, I was hooked. As I watched these shows, I had no idea that this would be my life.

     I started my journey in body modification in 2009 with nothing but determination and love for this great industry. When I started off, the local area standards seemed to not have changed much in 15 years. I opened Heavy Metal to bring the highest standards in body modification to Burke county. I treat every tattoo or piercing with as much care as a medical procedure.

     I love all styles of tattooing, but recently I'm leaning towards a new school approach. I'm up for nearly anything, though. Being asked to make such a permanent change to a client's body is a true honor for me.

Chris Merker

Professional Tattoo Artist 

I’ve been tattooing for 7 years. In that time I’ve worked at 4 different shops around western North Carolina from Hendersonville to Boone, Hickory and currently in Morganton. I enjoy doing black and gray and black work tattoos, using a mixture of stippling and crosshatching to shade, show detail and depth. I also enjoy using mandalas and geometric patterns as often as I can. I have many designs readily available so please feel free to look over my portfolio and visit us in the shop, if I can help you out in any way I would love to speak with you about your next tattoo.

Angela Evans

Professional Tattoo Artist 

Meet Angela. She got her start in art from a very young age. Within the last 5 years, her art has connected her with many people. She has traveled with, and painted live for, several musicians up and down the east coast. Her style of art has always been bold lines and solid vibrant colors. This led her to start tattooing, her life long dream. Her personal style is much like her artistic style, bright and colorful! Angela loves creating illustrative, neo-traditional designs, and watercolor type color pieces.She is excited and motivated to grow her tattoo career with Heavy Metal Tattoo. Angela is open to creating all types of styles. If you have an idea, just ask, and she will help you with creating a beautiful one-of-a-kind piece of art for your body.


Sonia Dupuis

Professional Tattoo Artist 

Sonia Mercedes Dupuis is a New York City native who has always enjoyed creating art. Needing a change in scenery, she moved with her husband to North Carolina where she apprenticed to become a tattoo artist. She enjoys illustrative art, and dabbles in woodburning, painting, and digital drawing.

She decided to take her career to the next level by joining the Heavy Metal Tattoo and Piercing team. She wants to grow and learn as much as she can as an artist.


In her free time she enjoys gardening, bugspotting, watching anime and playing videogames. She loves animals of all kinds, and has 3 rabbits and a cat. She currently resides in the city of Morganton.